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is president obama really cares about the deficit. if there is something he noticed in the first two years when the economic crisis had to be front and center, the thing he wanted to deal with was the long-run deficit. the idea that he went on a spending binge if you don't make threats like that is crazy. the evidence is there that he put spending cuts on the table. he asked them for them to be paired with tax increases as well. there is more good will than people realize. more agreement that we have such a big budget problem that will we're going to fire on all cylinders. we have to cut spending. frankly, we have raise more revenue. >> you're listening to the california program and our speakers are economic experts. we are discussing national, regional, and global economic challenges. you can find video online. there's a series of questions around employment and job growth. what what is your outlook on job growth? >> i will start. i think -- i will say i was here last year and i'm more optimistic this year than last year. we made a significant amount of progress. it looks like housing prices h
was $3.48. the federal budget deficit expected to show short-term improvement this your according to the congressional budget office, declining to $845 billion from 1 trillion. the annual deficit expected to go as low as 430 billion by 2015 before soaring to almost a trillion dollars by 20203. joining us now to assess all of this is former director of the congressional budget office and president of the american action forum. let me start with, the president today insisting that he have, well, new revenue. just so that the congress would have the privilege of somehow saving him from himself and pushing back the impact of this sequester that his white house offered. does it get any more curious than that? >> it just proves we are in a budget another world. the numbers today are living short of terrific. $7 trillion in deficits over the next ten years. is coming after we raise 600 billion in taxes. what does the president say? well, let's not do the spending cuts, which we are counting on to keep it down to 7 trillion. instead to raise taxes, which we already proven does not solve t
want to call them. we still have a deficit over $1 trillion, they said they would run on this like fdr, and andrew jackson, what times are bad, run against rich and bankers, if i was the republicans i would go on the offense say, last we're we brought in 1.2 trillion in income taxes, we still have deficits we could double income tax rates on every american and still run a deficit we have to do something with spending. >> i agree, but the question is how do you go on the defense? you don't go on offensive by immediately saying no, president has successfully painted them in a corner, no-sayres, that is all they say, you say yes, we' reform in september 2011, you came out with a report of your own how to revamp our text system, called plan for economic growth and deficit reduction, if that -- in that report, principles for tax reform, number one issue is lower tax rates, this is president talking not republicans, the tax system should be simp flied and work for all americans and fewer bracket, so say, yes, we're with you mr. president, not simpson-bowles but your own words, we want tax si
that we need higher fuel tax, and we can use that either to reduce the deficit or to pay for something else. it was designed -- or intended -- whether it has done so successfully or not, it was done to pay for infrastructure. >> absolutely. we are not real happy about that. >> john, what are you hoping for next week? >> for some reason, i have not been consulted on that. the president in the campaign said he was 4 and all of the above energy policy, so let's have some announcements that support that -- he was for an " all of the above" energy policy. let's move forward with the things that you need to do to accomplish that policy. i would say that we would also -- i would like to see stop this discussion about taxing the industry and trying to characterize it as subsidies, which is simply not true, and i would like to see more opportunities in terms of where we can open up areas that are off-limits right now. all those combined can generate an enormous amount of opportunity for the economy right when we need it. >> i will just mention a couple of things. i think lenders have been reall
baseline to 25% of gtp. this the in the new normal no interest in bringing down the deficit or the debt. >> we just did this whole fiscal cliff thing at the end of the year. we thought hey had a deal where we're going to raise revenues this way and cut spending this way, blah blah blah. listen to what president barack obama said just this past sunday. >> there's no doubt we need additional revenue. coupled with smart spending reductions, in order to bring down our deficit. >> was he crossing his fingers behind his back when he negotiated the fiscal cliff deal? sounds like he is going after more revenue. >> he'll never stop trying to raise taxes. whether or not he can succeed i don't know. he comes out of a far left ideology that believes in class warfare and radical wealth restriction and to feed that you need tax revenue coming from the so-called 1% on whom he raised tax throw it the fiscal cliff deal. he knows the real now is with the mitting class so he is coming for you. so -- >> wait, wait. right there want you to listen to this. this is also what he said. >> can we close some loop
to reduce the deficit but americans do not support less spending cuts for tax hikes. what some aresome of the details of what the president wants? reporter: the president is looking to crop $100 billion from the def site to buy an agreement that cuts a trillion and a half over the next ten years. he says the offer he made in late 2011 is still on the table. republicans say any additional revenue from tax reform should be used to lower everyone's tax rates. the president wants to cut the deficit. he says we can't afford to use it the way republicans want. >> if we are going to close these loopholes, there's no reason we should useoo the savings we obtain and turn around and spend that on new tax breaks for the wealthiest, or for corporations. if we're serious about paying down the deficit, the savings we achieve from tax reform should be used to pay down the deficit. and potentially to make our businesses more competitive. >> president's call comes a day after his two most southeastern defense advisors warned the sequester would make the country less safe, and the president says the dom
that john boehner said about how we have handled deficits over the years. let's listen to this. >> at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. now, i've watched them kick this can down the road 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. it's time to act. >> that is -- i'm trying to think of a word other than lie. kick the can down the road? we had a big tax increase in 1993 with president clinton along with big spending cuts. >> right. >> it was a deficit reduction package that worked. they continued to do more deficit reducing package with newt gingrich on the spending side throughout the decade and we're on our way to a surplus. >> that's right. i've been calling it the undecade, the 1990s has been written out of their record. they would have you believe that it was always the way it was under reagan and then bush. >> why don't they just say, leave off the clinton tax increase, which helped a lot, and just claim they did it for spending cuts? >> because if they do, if they admit that something nice happened in the '90s, they have to say, what happened after
instead of really dealing with the banks and dealing with the regional deficit overhang, he just created a circle of loop of help. so the government has been giving money to the regions, the banks to the regions and the government to the banks. but there's no real solution. the problems we main in spain. >> well, this is interesting. so, actually, michael brown was just talking about europe being somewhat of a closed economy. what you're talking about here in spain is this closed loop between the money that is getting in and borrowing. explain a little bit about this crazy looking chart here, flow chart, we should say, and this point that what happens in spain is staying in spain. >> this is a simplified chart of what has been going on. all the rectangular things are off balance. fade is the fund for utility financing. they're funded by the government. rajoy on the 31st of december increased the limit of these funds. frob and the bad bank are funding the banking system, the weak banks, including bankia. and the ffpp is a fund where banks have lent 30 billion to the region. on top of this
the deficit. all by honoring the wish of 2/3 of americans to respect states' rights for marijuana just like we do for alcohol. i would invite my colleagues to join this effort in developing a marijuana policy that makes sense for america today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. coble, for five minutes. mr. coble: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, january is the traditional month in which new year's resolutions are developed. i'm suggesting that president obama and mrs. boim adopt a resolution -- mrs. obama adopt a resolution. it appears to me, mr. speaker, regard air force one very casually and i believe on some occasions two planes, at least two planes go to the same destination. air force one, mr. speaker, belongs to president and mrs. obama. but air force one also belongs to the american taxpayer. and i would welcome a new year's resolution that would provide generous lace of all future air force one dispatches with prudence, discipline and last but certainly not least fiscal austerity. america's taxpayers will be
times" economist argued why the u.s. should spend now and worry about deficit reduction later. here it is. >> dashing spending when you still have depressed economy is really destructive. it's probably even counterproductive even in purely fiscal terms. we should be sustaining government spending until we have a stronger economic recovery. >> this is not a hard call. as long as we have 4 million people who have been unemployed for more than a year, this is not a time to be worrying about reducing the budget deficit. give me something that looks more like a normal employment situation and i'll become a deficit hawk but not now. >> do you subscribe to that, jared? or is that too extreme? >> not at all. i think paul's exactly right. paul and i share the following thing. we're deficit doves in a down economy, and deficit hawks in a strong economy. at a time like this, what you really need is faster growth. by the way, not only will that help put more people to work, but it will actually help reduce your budget deficit ironically because those people will be working, paying taxes, they w
rainfall deficit for the year. we're down nearly half a foot of rain in san francisco, almost three inches in san jose and livermore. we do have this low pressure area. it's working its way down the california coastline right now. snow in the mountains, scattered showers for us. slight chance of a thunderstorm right at the coastline. but once this guy is gone, the rain chance is gone until likely after valentine's day. it will be with us till about lunchtime tomorrow. heading off to work, might want to leave five or ten minutes early, because the rain will likely slow things down. high pressure stays off to our west, giving us a northerly flow, a cold flow but a dry flow. after tomorrow, we will be mainly dry for a while. how much rain tonight? some of you may get half an inch of rain, maybe a little less than that for san francisco. but it's certainly not a deficit buster when it comes to rain. slight chance of a thunderstorm tonight, especially at the coast. the weekend will be sunny and cold. lows near freezing in our inland communit
, he talked about the economy. when it comes to tackling the nation's deficit, president obama said sunday in an interview with cbs news there needs to be revenue involved. and it sounds like he might be interested in going after people like mitt romney. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn't have a huge impact. and as i said, when you look at some of these deductions that certain folks are able to take advantage of, the average person can't take advantage of them. the average person doesn't have access to cayman island accounts. the average person doesn't have access to carried interest income where they end up paying a much lower rate on billions of dollars that they've earned. so we just want to make sure that the whole system is fair. >> all right. steve, help me out here. i think the democrats are holding a losing hand if they come back and ask for more taxes. they talk about raising tax rates on anybody. but if we're talking about closing loo
like the deficit in the ryan budget was we will save unbelievable amounts of money by turning medicaid over to the states and somehow they will figure it out. >> that's more information than other people are putting out. >> talk about missing deadlines, now this is a really low bar. >> what is the democratic plan in the senate, let's say, or in the white house, to save medicar medicare? >> medicare actually - actually -- interesting you focus on that. medicare has been a pretty good story the past few years. my view is double down on things happening. medicare grew only by 3% last fiscal year, unbelievable low by standards. >> will you take that gamble >> for the next five years, i will take a 50/50 bet medicare will continue to grow at much slower rates than historically. >> down to 2 1/2, 3% the next couple years. >> that will tick up a little bit as the economy picks back up but i don't think we'll see the 10% growth rate. >> so you don't think medicare is a problem? >> it is a problem but this is one area better than official projections. >> what about medicaid. >> medicaid. big pr
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that the whole system is fair. that it's transparent. that we're reducing our deficit in a way that doesn't hamper growth, reduce the kinds of strategies that we need in order to make sure that we're creating good jobs and a strong middle class. >> strong middle class. make sure the system is fair. it's game on for this president. joining me now is political strategist angela rye. thank you both for being with us. >> thank you, reverend al. >> jarret, let me go to you first. tax fairness is a big part of what the president wants to get done. take a look at this. there are many middle class households that are actually paying a higher tax rate than households that make over a million dollars a year because they don't get most of their money from investments. will the president's policies change this problem? >> they will and they already are, to some extent. but there's more to be done there, just like the president just said. in the deal that ended the fiscal cliff, the tax rate at least for folks at the very top of the income scale, above $450,000, on capital gains and dividends, capital
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spending reductions in order to bring down our deficits. we can do it in a gradual way. when you look at these deductions that people are able to take advantage of, the average person can't take advantage of. the average person doesn't have access to cayman island accounts. so, we just want to make sure that the whole system is fair. >> all right, today is the day one in the new job for secretary of state john kerry, he got an early start over the weekend, he reached out to world leaders by phone, pledging to continue pushing for peace talks. >>> the senate armed services committee is expected to vote his nomination to senate. former white house press secretary robert gibbs was on meet the press, admitted that it wasn't hagel's finest hour. >> the disconcerting thing for anybody who watched it he seemed unimpressive and unprepared on the questions that quite frankly he knew was coming. i'm reminded three weeks into the first term of the president obama administration, treasury secretary timothy geithner gives a, the market dropped 382 points. two weeks ago, tim geithner walked out of
: the dow hitting 14,000 with nicole on the air. this is a snapshot of just how bad our deficits are going to be over the next ten years. dagen: rich edson is live in washington, d.c. rich: $1.1 trillion, that was our deficit for 2012. this is the most recent projections by the office. this year, a budget deficit -- the decade production was $2.26 trillion. these numbers will be much different. much worse. it must examine the budget as if congress does absolutely nothing. and current policy continues. we have had some changes. mainly that built that passed congress earlier in the year. millions of middle-class americans do not have to pay the amt. it also changed the estate tax bumping down the rate of little bit lower than what it had been over the exception of little bit higher. the numbers we just show you, the real numbers will be much worse. we will find out at 1:00 o'clock. back to you. dagen: are we going to be in a statement from the white house at 1:15 p.m.? rich: he will talk about the sequester. he will push for congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reform
deficits, and that austerity was never given a credible grade, for example, by many investors, thinking, of course, it wasn't a great strategy. i concur. here's the problem, though. you know, austerity by definition is, you know, deficit cutting with less benefits and services. now, it is a horrible word. and, of course, many governments and politicians grabbed on to it because they really don't want deficit cutting and they don't want less benefits and services. but it is pretty hard to call it austerity as we go into, what, year six of post credit crisis activity. and global economics don't dictate we're doing a heck of a lot better, even though we had some jumps in growth, which kind of can be predicated on high levels of stimulus, maybe don't call it stimulus, maybe you call it just three to four years of big deficits. now, quid pro quo on the other hand seems to be the relationship that dictates who the big buyers are of very high quality, relatively speaking sovereign debt, whether it is boons, treasuries, guilts or ooth oaths. we need a whole lot less quid and a lot more pro grow
to the deficit. on that list of attendees for that meeting include marshall fitz from the center for american progress. ben jealous from the naacp and richard from the afl-cio. later in the day the president is meeting separately with a group of business leaders. that includes lloyd from goldman sachs, from yahoo and kent from coca-cola. congress has the next three and a half months to run up the deficit as much as it wants. the house and senate extended the debt ceiling. president obama has signed the no budget, no pay act of 2013. not only does that put off the nation's debt obligations until may 18th, it also withholds pay for a number of congressmen and womenless women unless they pass a budget by april. >>> eight senators have voted to block the violence against women act. that bill would protect victims of domestic violence and this particular version extends that care to illegal immigrants, native americans and lgbt members. senators who voted against considering that bill include ted cruz, marco rubio and rand paul, all republicans. more bill's up next. stay with us. to me now? you k
to lift indians out of poverty. this makes sense whether or not we have a federal deficit. even if we had a zero deficit, many program cuts and determination would sbreels g.d.p. and expand -- increase g.d.p. the fiscal conservatives always say they want to cut spending but near i will all the focus in recent years have been trying to impose overall restraint by voting balanced budget. i'm not against the caps but they do not reduce the underlining pressure to spend. the only way to do that is challenge particular programs and make the argument that particular programs are harmful and wasteful, unconstitutional, unjust, and unneeded. to make lasting reforms congress needs to make the case to cut many dozens, hundreds of particular programs. if the republicans want to kill funding for big bird they have to make the case for it. they have to lay out the case and push on that for many months or many years to wear down the opposition. so the very few examples in recent decade where is we've been able to cut or limit or reform programs, there has been a build up and we've laid the ground work
there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but americans do not support sacrificing any real spending cuts for more tax hikes. the white house believes house republicans, who have warmed up to the idea of letting the sequester take effect, may get a wake-up call as they continue to see those -- the economy contract, that the fourth quarter numbers will be a wake-up call. the president pointed out yesterday that those cuts in defense spending caused the economy to shrink at the end of 2012. >> we've been reminded that while it's critical for us to cut wasteful spending we can't just cut our way to prosperity. deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs. >> new numbers from the congressional budget office may provide some ammunition. the cbo projects the economy will grow at a measly rate of 1.4% this year and 3.4% next year. the cbo forecast is correct, 2014 will be the sixth consecutive year with unemployment above 7.5%, but expect to hear from republicans about another big number in that report, and although the federal d
of his deficit reduction plan in the past. now, for more information on this, you can stay tuned to "cbs this morning" at 7:00. reporting live in pittsburg, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >>> thank you. some breaking news now out of washington, d.c. an administration official says president obama has picked rei president sally jewell as the new secretary of interior. prior to joining rei, she spent 19 years in a commercial banking industry. if confirmed she would replace outgoing interior secretary ken salazar. >>> murder in wine country. three bodies found inside a home and this morning the search now on for their killer. it's a developing story from a home on ross station road outside the town of forrestville up in sonoma county. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec has the latest. >> reporter: investigators have been doing a lot more interviews overnight. they say that they are confident they will be able to catch the murderer soon. in the meantime, this person is still on the loose because they say this was not a murder- suicide. three men were found shot
washington journal they talk about the recent article suggesting that a trust deficit by americans toward government and financial sector could be holding back the economic recovery. my cartoons depict can da that and humor. why started the cartoon, they were native characters and native situations. and my audience was geared toward natives. in the last four or five years they have become more universal where they stilled to the mainstream dominant culture. it's more universal now. i'm inspired by the people that are that i grew up with. my friend, my family, members of my tribe. and basically watching people and some of the things they do. it's surprising, if you pay attention to what people do and what people say, there's a lot of humor you can find in that, you know, making your own twists and certain things. >> people who have read my cartoons for the first time. i hope they take with them the appreciation of a native culture and native way of life. because it's not always depicted correctly in cinema or in books. but this cartoon coming from a genuine native american and these are my
and labor leaders and then separately with business leaders. they're talking about the economy and deficit reduction. but also in the context of how does immigration affect that? the president said he wants to do something about the 11 million people who are living and working in this country and have been doing so for years illegally. but republicans here, especially conservatives on the house side, want to make sure border protection comes first. janet napolitano is touring the border right now and says we can secure it but we can't completely shut it down because that would hinder trade and commerce. also today the house judiciary committee meeting. they take a look at what might be the best solution here. there's a group of democrats and republicans working behind the scenes to come up with a solution. no word yet on how much progress they've made. >> interesting. tracie potts, thank you. >>> nbc news has obtained a confidential justice department memo that contains the legal justification for drone strikes on american citizens. the document from the justice department says the governm
deficit with china felt by quite a bit suggesting strong american manufacturing and exports. now it's good news, but it doesn't gibe with the latest gdp numbers we have showing that the american economy has contracted. so economists are going to have to go back and figure this one out. those discouraging gdp numbers could very well be wrong. >>> a decent day on the markets. it's been a peculiar week this week, a lot of up and a lot of down. linkdn doing well after blowout yesterday. >>> and the power company that provided electricity to the louisiana superdome said it figured out what caused the power outage during the super bowl. it wasn't hackers, beyonce, it was just a bad relay. sometimes the explanation turns out to be a bit routine. a thing-ga-ma-doo quit working. >> fun to think that beyonce blew out all the lightsp. >> scott mcgrew talking about a thing-ga-ma-doo. >> technical term. >>> a live look. beautiful clear skies more or less here over san francisco. this is the clearest it's been all day. so mostly sunny here. let's show you san jose now. oh, yeah, we're still dealing with
deficit. president was looking to rally house democrats at their annual retreat saying he wanted a long-term budget deal but new revenues must be part of the package. >> i am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package, that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks or every two months or every six months we are threatening this hardline recovery -- >> the president also discussed a looming automatic budget cuts arguing the public favors his plan for a balanced solution. >>> turning to the topic of guns. the president will continue his push to stop gun violence as the first lady pays tribute to the latest victim. michelle obama is headed to chicago this weekend to attend the funeral of 15-year-old what day yeah pendleton. the honors student was shot last week in a chicago park just days after performing at inauguration students in d.c. pendleton was among 40 people gunned down in chicago last month, making january its deadliest month in over a deck. >> the white house confirms senior adviser valerie jarrett and education secretary arne duncan, long-time chicag
advancing and rebounding from a lower close yesterday. this just breaking. the u.s. deficit will fall below one trillion dollars. the budget was a priority. and it was supposed to be delivered to lawmakers yesterday. a defense official with knowledge of the budget process tells bloomberg that the president will probably delay that budget plan until sometime in mid march. the obama administration has been signaling that the blue print would miss the deadline. once i get moving on to another story here. if you're not pay for student loans and could be your college all modern tracking you down. the fault on almost a billion dollars worth of student loans are leaving schools little chilis right now. the students to not pay them back there is less too long to new students who cannot afford college. princeton review out with a list of 150 best value colleges for 2013. these are schools that they consider have excellent education and financial aid. it might be a little snowy and cold. if you ride a bicycle to work you are probably happier. in his study shows getting to work by an active transporta
to your mailbox on saturdays. this is part of an effort to cut the massive budget deficit faced by the postal service. >> i do not have any e-mail and a computer to be honest about it. i do rely on the u.s. post office mail. he is not happy about the upcoming changes that take effect august 1st. chicago district post offices will you to know that the other saturday services will continue. if you're giving medicine on saturday you're going to continue to get your medicine on saturday. if you're looking for a package from saturday you'll continue to see that package on saturday. and they're hoping that they will be able to phase this in. through attrition there might be summed elimination. we are hoping there will not be any massive changes. we hope to talk to the unions later on in the day. we will have the very latest in the evening as. law >> i've with more on why there was a delay the police are crediting several agencies as working together. he is arrested monday over seven hours. police said witnesses able to provide a description of the suspect. more importantly that witn
. >> a budget deficit for the post office, no more mail on saturday starting this summer. >> opinions may have an opinion about losing their saturday delivery service so do 80,000 postal carriers who fear losing their jobs, they think this is the beginning of the end and some members of congress are as outraged as well they say that the postmaster general cannot pull the plug on programs for saturdays, only congress can. the national association of letter carriers is fighting back and calling the postmaster general to step down, he told the nation today saturday postal delivery will be a thing of the past starting on august 5th. it is simply too big of a cost savings to ignore. today congressman danny davis a former postal worker himself reminds union members that lawmakers have until march 27th to intervene. if congress ultimately makes the decision, that is what the decision is but i don't think it should be made by the postmaster general, or the postal service with as meaningful as it is to the american people. >> mostly sadness out on the street disappointment and even surprise from thei
discussion it certainly was they face a $1 billion budget deficit to have some difficult decisions had to make regarding which schools will need to be closed or consolidated. barbara byrd bana has already said she will not consider closing level one rated schools or high schools that still leaves hundreds of other schools on the chopping block it's also considering performance and safety issues parents tonight are hoping their neighborhood schools can keep open. we as parents are tired of teachers making decisions for us kids pleased with every do do not close each and every one of those little boys and girls that walk into the elementary school every day. there were 62 schools at this meeting tonight there are several more meetings just like this one planned over the next few weeks the final list of recommendations will come from ceo barbara byrd bana by march 31st we will give those recommendations to the chicago board of education and a final decision will be made no word on how many schools that maybe. live tonight in washington park. from chicago to west chicago special closed d
is it is getting to the root crop -- the root causes of our trust deficit, our leadership deficit, and putting concepts, practical solutions before the american people. >> no matter what your thoughts maybe, if you really want to fix things, this is the central place to get it done. >> we have problem solvers in congress who want to wear the no labels badge. >> that is the first step to take. >> if we do not come together, we will be the first generation to turn over this country in worse shape than we received it. >> my friends are immigrants. they came to america with the fundamental hope of what this government stands for. >> people across the country want america to be the greatest nation on earth. >> the country they came from had a civil war going on. it did not have the opportunities that america provides. >> we want to make sure that we are the hope of the world and this is the place for your dreams to come true. >> it is actually up to all of us to strengthen our civic backbone and demand something different. a vision of how to get it done. no labels can help do that. >> we are changi
a priority? >> kerry has said he wants to focus on the middle east, and that has been a deficit in terms of the israeli-palestinian track. certainly, i mean, the arab spring made it much more difficult, much more complicated, but some would argue made it more necessary. >> well, yeah. the middle east is also one of the drains that can suck all the oxygen out of the room. you know, you could get involved in it and get sucked down all these different kind of rabbit holes that exist in the middle east. syria, israel, palestine, egypt, iran, iraq which could, you know, get rough, afghanistan, which is a problem. all of those things are, i guess, threads that he could pull on that could leave him not enough time to deal with the trans-atlantic relationship, to deal with china, to deal with our neighbors like mexico where their priority issues. to deal with rebuilding the international institutions that need to be rebuilt. i think he has to be a bit careful not to fall into that trap. >> finally, what about iran and whether we are going to be caught up in something that israel launches or that
. let's reform the defense budget and look at the largest drivers of our deficit in mandate spending programs those on the left end of the spectrum don't want to cut. >>brian: they took gates cuts and are going try to up them by $500 billion. leon panetta takes over from them. has the same fear. here's what he said yesterday on "meet the press." >> we've got a plan for that possibility because there are so many members saying we're going to let it take place, but i have to tell you it is irresponsible for it to happen. i mean, why -- why in god's name would members of congress elected by the american people take a step that would badly damage our national defense, but more importantly undermine the support for our men and women in uniform? why would you do that? >>brian: that is inaccurate. it is the president who proposed these sequester cuts. this isn't congress doing that. and republican fear about these cuts, would you say that's accurate? >> i would say it's accurate. there is a growing resignation to them on the hill for some reason. i was there two weeks ago. everyone seems re
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